July 15, 2020

Washington Wizards Game 27 Recap: With help from Beal, Wizards rout Pistons

Just a day after Bradley Beal needed two of his teammates to help him to the locker room, the Washington Wizards guard took the court Saturday night in time to help his team to a 106-82 win over the Detroit Pistons.

Beal scored 15 points on the night after bruising his left knee in a collision with Minnesota Timberwolves’ Luc Mbah Friday.

“I just came out and did my normal routine,” Beal said after Saturday’s win. “…I just went out there and did what I was supposed to do—workout-wise—and I felt fine from the get-go, so I just continued to do what I did and I played the way I was capable of playing.”

Among Beal’s biggest contributions on the night were his eight consecutive points in the final minutes of the second quarter. John Wall set up Beal for back-to-back threes with little more than two minutes remaining to help Washington enter the second half with a comfortable 62-41 lead.

“Those [three-pointers] were two great finds by John,” Beal said. “As soon as I hit the first one, it came right back to me. And, it just shows his IQ and the chemistry we both had. He got me going at those points. Those were definitely two big shots and we knew that, if we got up to a big lead, [the Pistons] were going to back off a little bit. Any team in the league is capable of making a comeback, so it’s just up to us to continue to keep our foot on the pedal and just continue to play hard and extend the lead.”

For the second night in a row, Wall served as the Wizards’ leading scorer, this time with 20 points to mark his sixth consecutive 20-point game.

Even more, Washington’s core five posted solid numbers, including 26 of the team’s 34 assists.

Put simply, the Pistons never had much of a shot in the second half. Add to that, Washington outscored Detroit 24-21 in the third quarter, thanks in part to early back-to-back threes by Trevor Ariza.

The Wizards’ bench earned extra playing time in the fourth quarter, and, as such, Otto Porter Jr. earned an opportunity to finally sink his first shot at home. Porter added a second basket with less than a minute left to play, which brought Washington a final 106-82 win.

The Wizards will look to carry their renewed energy on the road as they prepare to face the Pistons once again Monday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

“[The Pistons will] come out with a lot more energy and be a lot more physical,” Beal predicted for Monday’s game. “I think we did a great job with hitting them first this game and they fell back on their heels a little bit. I think in the next game, we definitely have to be prepared to brace ourselves because we know they are going to come back with a vengeance. They probably didn’t like that we beat them by 20-plus tonight, so they’re definitely going to be coming harder in the next game.”

About Alyssa Wolice

Alyssa Wolice is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Nationals and Wizards. As a former production assistant, she covered the Nationals, Redskins, Capitals, Wizards, D.C. United and local collegiate teams. You can follow Alyssa on Twitter @awolice.

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